Bachmann's Egypt remarks "unbelievable, ludicrous... comic if it wasn't so painful," expert says [VIDEO]
|Bachmann's comments in Cairo on Sunday might've been better suited for Saturday night on NBC.|
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In other words, unfortunately, it's business as usual.
Bachmann visited Egypt with two other congressional kings of unintentional comedy -- Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas (one of our "10 Weirdest Members of Congress") and Representative Steve King of Iowa (read out post about how out of touch King is regarding rape here).
During a news conference yesterday, Bachmann falsely blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 terror attacks while Gohmert compared the leader of Egypt's brutal military takeover to George Washington. (Would Washington be alright with shooting unarmed protesters or suspending the rule of law? We think not, but Gohmert nonetheless praised Egyptian General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi for creating a government where the rule of law is "king," according to a New York Times report.)
"We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil," Bachmann said, according to the Times. "We remember who caused 9/11. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans."
America and Egypt "have that common enemy, the terrorists who have shown themselves so recently in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood," Bachmann continued. "We don't have a choice. They must be defeated."
In truth, the Brotherhood condemned the 9/11 attacks, which, of course, were the work of Al Qaeda.
The NYT report details some expert reaction to the comments made by Bachmann and her friends (emphasis ours):
"We have a confluence of interests among the coup leaders in Egypt and Islamophobes in the Congress," said Samer Shehata, a political scientist at the University of Oklahoma who studies Egypt and the Brotherhood.So much for the détente we were feeling toward Michele last week following her surprisingly reasonable comments about the possibility of American military intervention in Syria.
He called the lawmakers' statements "utterly absurd" and compared the conference to "a 'Saturday Night Live' skit -- unbelievable, ludicrous, almost comic if it wasn't so painful."
Shadi Hamid, research director of the Brookings Doha Center, said it was especially "concerning" that members of Congress appeared "so unaware of the basic facts of 9/11."
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Here's video of the press conference:
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